This coming semester, Fall 2023, I am teaching marine biology (BIO 11B) at Cabrillo College. I’ve done this for years, but what makes this semester different is that I’m teaching it asynchronously online. We’ve been teaching in-person for a few semesters now, but due to an unusual crunch for lab space the marine bio class is online for Fall 2023.
For the first time, I developed a liquid syllabus for the class. This is basically a web page that can be distributed before the semester begins, to tell students what to expect. The good news about asynchronous online courses is that you don’t have to be physically present at any particular location at any particular time. So you can take this course from anywhere! There are 4 field trips that we do in-person, but if anyone takes the course from out of the area we can come up with alternate activities for those labs.
If you’ve ever read something here and thought, “I really wish I could take one of Allison’s classes!” now is your time!